September's Yarn of the Month: Wayfarer


Since SocKtober is just around the corner, I decided to make September's Yarn of the Month a fingering/ sock weight yarn! Makes sense, right? So, this month's featured yarn is Wayfarer by Made in America Yarns.

As you can guess, Made in America Yarns is an American yarn company, located here in PA. This yarn is spun and dyed in thier Philadelphia mill, and the wool is sourced from domestic flocks! To top it off, the colors were inspired by colors found in natural American landscapes - from the purples of the coral reefs in Florida, to the grassy prairie greens of the West. It's a soft, bouncy, 100% wool yarn that's great for any item for which you need a squishy sock / fingering weight yarn.

Do I really need to remind you that you CAN use sock yarn for more than knitting socks? Sock Weight yarn is frequently labeled Fingering Weight yarn, and I try to use "Fingering" over "Sock" because often when people hear "Sock yarn" they stop thinking about all of the other possible uses for that yarn.

Just what are your other uses? Shawls. Hats. Fingerless Mitts. Scarves. Sweaters. Cowls. Leg Warmers. The list is just about endless. So let's look at a few options that would be great when worked up with Wayfarer:


We used the Wayfarer colors Hot Springs and Mud Puddle, along with a hand dyed yarn to make this shop sample version of the ever popular Color Affection Shawl. (Photo left)


And I imagine it would make a great Passerine Hat! Based on the yardage, you could probably make a pair of mirror image/color hats from two contrasting skeins of Wayfarer. (Photo right (c) Erica Heusser)

But don't think you must use this yarn for stripes or colorwork. Yes, the colors work great for multi -colored items, but they work great as single color projects too. There are a number of beautiful single color shawls that would look fantastic worked up in this yarn, simply pick the color that most flatters you or the final wearer. It would also work well as a matching hat, cowl, mitt set. Again, just pick the pattern(s) and a color!

And if you're looking for a larger project, like a sweater or top, there's always Flax Light or Flare .


Crocheter? Same rules apply. Wayfarer would make a great single color shawl. Or, use it for color work or fun stripes and blocks of color like in the Swaye shawl? (photo left; (c) Addydae Designs) This shawl would be a fun way to play with the many Wayfarer color combos - stay tonal or go contrasting! Wayfarer's color choices would also make this a great yarn for mandalas or granny squares.

Regardless of what you decide to do with this yarn, at 382 yards/ 3.5 oz, there's a lot of yardage per skein for you to plot and plan. At 20% off through September, I'd say it's time to start planning!

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